Place:Kursk, Russia

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NameKursk
Alt namesKursk Oblast
Kursksource: Russia, National Geographic (1993) map supplement
Kursk Oblast'source: Getty Vocabulary Program
Kurskaya oblastsource: Wikipedia
Ку́рская о́бластьsource: Wikipedia
TypeHistorical Province, Oblast
Coordinates52.233°N 35.5°E
Located inRussia
Also located inTsentralny, Russia    
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Kursk Oblast is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Kursk. Population: 1,127,081 (2010 Census).

History

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Although territory of Kursk Oblast had been populated since the end of the last Ice Age, information about the area was scanty until 1596 when the Kursk stronghold was built. A real growth of the area around Kursk began soon after that, with a large migration from Central Russia after famine in the beginning of the 17th century. Between 1708 and 1719, Kursk was a part of the newly created Kiev Governorate. From 1719 to 1727 it was a part of Belgorod province of Kiev Governorate. Later Kursk uyezd was a part of Belgorod Governorate. On May 23, 1779, Kursk Governorate was established. The latter subdivision existed until 1928, when the territory of Kursk Governorate became a part of Central Black Earth Oblast. As Central Chernozem Oblast was very large its administration was very difficult, on June 13, 1934 it was divided into two oblasts: Kursk Oblast and Voronezh Oblast. In the period between 1934 and 1954, oblasts' borders were frequently adjusted. However, the area and borders of the oblast have remained stable from 1954.

During World War II, the territory of Kursk Oblast was occupied by the German troops from fall of 1941 until summer of 1943. The Battle of Kursk, which was one of the major battles of World War II, took place in the region between July 5 and August 23, 1943.

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